Politics

More on proposed PJC training facilty

December 5, 2008

Spoke with County Attorney Allison Rogers. The actual purchase price for the land is around $2.7 million. The $11 million dollars was gifted in 2005 to PJC. The college was able to get the matching funds…

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It’s late

December 4, 2008

Have spent much of my afternoon and night pouring over emails on the airport hotel lease. Frank Miller and his staff wanted a hotel on the airport property. That is very clear. Didn’t matter that the…

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Tale of Airport Appraisals

December 4, 2008

as told by emails: The day before the Pensacola City Council approves the Exclusivity Agreement with Innisfree Development (Dec. 12, 2007), Dan Flynn, Manager of Properties and Development at the airport, sends an email to appraisers…

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How the exclusivity agreement came about

December 4, 2008

Spent three hours today reviewing internal staff emails and other correspondence regarding the Airport Ground Lease with Sandspur Development. It cost the Independent News over $200 for the privilege of seeing the documents and getting copies…

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Boone report: HCA/West Florida says deal is alive

December 4, 2008

By IN reporter Sean Boone According to West Florida Hospital spokesman Kendrick Doidge, the $550 million deal that would have West Florida buyout Baptist Healthcare has been delayed. Rumors have recently speculated the two had canceled…

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Buzz: Baptist/West Florida deal off

December 4, 2008

Update: Baptist spokesman says the deal is still on, but is delayed until the bond market recovers. We are hearing the Baptist Hospital purchase of West Florida Hospital may be off. There is a rumor that…

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Mack delivers the smack

December 4, 2008

Councilman-elect Diane Mack is upset with the political appraisal given by an Innisfree director on the chances of passing the airport lease. Mr. Richard Chism Director of Development Innisfree Hotels Baybridge Professional Park, Bldg. 113 Gulf…

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Fogg bets on SEC championship

December 4, 2008

The Mobile Press Register reports that Mayor John Fogg has a bet with Mobile Mayor Sam Jones on Saturday’s Alabama-Florida game. If Alabama wins, Fogg has to donate $150 in cash or goods to the Bay…

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Bed tax may be raised

December 4, 2008

Get ready for a battle over tourism dollars. Bay County (Panama City Beach) is set to raise its bed taxes 2 cents which moves its rate to 5 percent. Okaloosa, Escambia and Santa Rosa counties are…

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Who owns training facilty property

December 4, 2008

The land for the proposed $22-million training facility to build by PJC is owned by RMS Timberlands, LLC. The purchase price is $3,278,400. Resource Management Service (RMS) Timberlands is a Birmingham-based company that buys, sells, and…

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Okaloosa County has training facility

December 4, 2008

There is tremendous pressure by Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Pensacola Junior College for Escambia County to give—-yes, give—$11 million to Pensacola Junior College to buy 684 acres north of Molino and build a regional training…

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Few more facts about Sansom’s college job

December 4, 2008

The St. Petersburg Times has been reporting more details on House Speaker Ray Sansom’s new job at Northwest Florida State College. Sansom will be paid $110,000 — nearly $25,000 more than his predecessor. The vice president…

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County bonds that never got paid

December 3, 2008

In doing some research I came across the debt portion of the county budget. It appears that for nearly two decades Escambia County has been continually refinancing its bonds that are tied to the LOST funds…

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Call for Sansom to resign

December 3, 2008

Florida Democrats are calling for Ray Sansom to resign either from Northwest Florida State College or the Florida House speaker. Press release: Today Florida Democratic Party Chair Karen Thurman called on Speaker Ray Sansom to step…

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Florida fails at higher education

December 3, 2008

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education released its latest report that evaluates the state’s colleges and universities. Florida didn’t do too well. • Only 27 percent of Florida high school students take at…